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Are You Ready for a Driver’s License for the Internet?

NOTE: This is from a pro-government technology industry news website. Note the slant, and be aware.

The White House is leading efforts for a new authentication system that would have users prove their identity with a single ID across the Web. And states are starting to pilot the system.


Government is raising its expectations. While it hasn’t been uncommon in the past for governments to consider money wasted by fraud, mismanagement or inefficiency as an expense of doing business, times are changing. New technologies are preventing such waste and initiating cultural change in the public sector. At the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), that transformation is being realized through the adoption of an online authentication tool the agency is using to ensure that the benefits it issues, like food assistance, are going to the right people.

Such incarnations of online authentication technology are sprouting up in state government agencies around the country, led by a White House vision of a new, central form of identification, what some are calling “a driver’s license for the Internet.”

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The DCF says the technology is saving so much money because it saves staff the time of verifying identities manually, and even better, there’s been a reduction in cases of identity fraud.


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The Internet is an open technology. If they break it, we can remake it.


Michael Nystrom's picture

Yes. So long, DP?

Still on the internet, but exponentially slow load times because we can't afford the toll for the fast lane?

Live by the market, die by the market.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.
jrd3820's picture

Being a webmaster myself

I'm not sure I approve of all of this. One day I'm fighting off the spammers, the next day the government. Will it never stop?

The *good* thing about this

The internet is becoming faster and faster, so we'll have some good high-speed chases. :)

At the County Jail

1: "What are you in for?"

2: "Driving my iPad without a license; tried to sign out and evade arrest, and cops planted a silkroad drugs link in my browser history."

1: "How much time did you get?"

2: "25 to Life."

1: "Bastards."

One thing here, if they were

One thing here, if they were to force this, it would cause massive growth of individual linked networks and probably mean several competing "internets". At the same time, a "private" internet might be created at sometime in the future where users will gladly use their real identity to get in as it would be framed as a sort of 'private club'.
One of the major problems people never think of when they come up with an idea like this is the fact it would drive behavior not considered socially acceptable(regardless of whether that behavior is truely wrong in some way or not) underground which as we all know, creates its own problems, many of which outsize any benefits.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Is dial-up BBS going to come back into vogue?

Some of you old-timers (like me) may remember using that before the internets took off.

If not dial-up, maybe something similar over amateur radio bands.

I Have A Friend Who Still Uses Dial-Up


"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

And the NSA Knows All About It


P2P WiFi


Does anyone have a link to Tails

Instructions?i wasn't able to make it do right.

Aaron Russo, Nikola Tesla, Ron Paul, I'm jus' sayin'

Is this what you were looking

Is this what you were looking for?


its pure 1984 but for real ;/


Albert Camus — 'The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.'

they won't stop until they have complete control

it's only a matter of time before they try to force everyone to have an ID to buy/do anything... then they can track absolutely everything you do... looks like you purchased 3 slabs of bacon last week, your health insurance premiums are going up now, fatty.

At their inceptions, the #Liberty, #OccupyWallStreet and #TeaParty movements all had the same basic goal... What happened?

Maybe we can finaly put Chris Christie behind bars for eating

too much bacon!!!



must stop them NOW

If we have one chance, it is to hold onto this internet

Users NEVER controlled the

Users NEVER controlled the InterNet as Snowden's revelations prove. This latest step is simply furthering the control of the InterNet by requiring identification of users who access its virtual roads. Governments NEVER allow anonymity forever once they control the infrastructure which is precisely the reason for my elimination of personal access to the InterNet and adoption of radio as my primary means of communication. I like being far ahead of the majority, though, as I never liked the majority of popular music, either. ;)